After 46 years of nursing, the last 17 in an OB/GYN office my wife retired May 31,2015 and had her 1st hip replacement June 3, 2015. She started physical therapy a few weeks later.
Not being able to bend from the hip more than 90 degrees, someone(me) was required to tie her shoes to go to physical therapy. During one of those shoe tying session she says…” why don’t you invent something to tie shoes” … just as I was tightening the laces, and realizing that the laces only had to be tightened and secured. rather than finished with a bow and a knot.
At breakfast that July morning with a friend from Penn State Erie, we rough sketched a device, and submitted it to the interdisciplinary Business and Engineer Department. We produced Prototype units and an injection molding company is in the process of making the production mold.
The device tightens and locks the laces in place until the gears are disengaged and loosed. It can be used on any shoe and can be moved from shoe to shoe. To see the device ini action, visit our How it Works page.
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